Orientation on disaster risk reduction ends

GAIBANDHA A two-day orientation entitled Community Initiated Disaster Risk Reduction (CIDRR) ended at the hall room of Terre Des Hommes in Kurigram district town on Monday with a call to reducing the disaster risks through active participation of all.

Friendship, a leading non-government organization of the country, arranged the orientation under the approach of Building Resilience through CIDRR with the financial support of ERIKS development partner and Friendship Luxemburg, French.

As the communities of hundreds of villages of the district have started to get the positive impacts of the approach for the last five years, the organization organized the function aimed at popularizing the approach at larger scale to the stakeholders of the disaster prone areas.

Director of strategic planning and chief climate change adaptation and disaster management Quazi Emdadul Haque and senior programme manager of Friendship Farid Ahmed Sagar conducted the orientation as the facilitators.

The Friendship officials in their speeches emphasized the need for the proper implementation of three main tasks-disaster preparedness, quick response during the disaster period and making resilient at post disaster period in a bid to reduce the loss of lives and properties during the catastrophes.

Besides, Bandaber union parishad (UP) chairman Kabir Hossain, Char Shoulmari UP chairman KM Fazlul Haque Mondal and Daatvanga UP chairman Shamsul Haque, volunteers Junufa Akter, Suzon Miah and Wahed Ali, and child representative Nazmul Hassan and Imran Hossain spoke at the function among the participants.

They shared their experiences of the approach and also informed all saying that they had already got the positive impacts of the approach in their respective areas and thanked the organization for introducing it for their interest.

The sessions on the research of Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, Dhaka University, International Center for Climate Change and Development, Global Network for Disaster Reduction were also conducted in the orientation.

A total of 26 persons including NGO representatives, UP chairmen, and volunteers took part in the orientation.

Earlier, regional coordinator of Friendhsip AKM Shakhawat Hossain formally inaugurated the orientation on Sunday as the chief guest.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)